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    Knowledge in the air and cooperation among firms: traditions of secrecy and the reluctant emergence of specialization in the ceramic manufacturing district of Lampang, Thailand

    Kamnungwut, Weeranan and Guy, Frederick (2012) Knowledge in the air and cooperation among firms: traditions of secrecy and the reluctant emergence of specialization in the ceramic manufacturing district of Lampang, Thailand. Environment and Planning A 44 (7), 1679- 1695. ISSN 0308-518x.

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    Abstract

    We study interfirm relations among ceramic tableware manufacturers in the city of Lampang, Thailand. Data consist of face-to-face interviews with the principals of thirty-four manufacturers, and with representatives of supporting institutions. We find that specialization in production and knowledge sharing are complementary; that knowledge sharing is substantially discretionary, rather than taking the form of passive spillovers; and that a weak knowledge base, built on firm-based training within vertically integrated mass producers, constrains the development of flexible specialization, despite the efforts of numerous local and external actors.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): cluster, industrial district, specialization, knowledge transfer, ceramic industry, developing economies
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Management
    Research Centre: Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Frederick Guy
    Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2013 10:35
    Last Modified: 06 Dec 2016 10:11
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/6117

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